Behind the Scenes of Project Scoping

This past weekend I gave my first WordCamp talk. I slipped away from my practiced talk several times, but I think that’s okay because it was fun and it spoke more to the needs of those that were in the room. Thanks to everyone who attended and made it a really amazing discussion. I do…

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Taking a Leap of Faith

Interview by Frances Nguyen. What I found most admirable about Sheryle’s story was her bravery by the mere act of letting go. It’s hard to come to terms with the hard truth that something isn’t working, even when, in theory, it’s perfect. She had a great job, and because she was good at it, she…

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Tools for Video Communication

When you can’t be face to face for a conversation, what’s the next best thing? Technology has opened up a world of possibilities and implementing quick, easy and reliable ways to communicate with our teams is crucial. In a world where remote working and telecommuting is more and more prominent, finding the right video conferencing…

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Let’s Tweet in 3 Easy Steps

I joined Twitter with the early adopters, but I never figured out what I wanted to do with it. About a year and a half ago, I looked at my nearly empty twitter account that had been languishing for I don’t know how long. I considered deleting it, but instead decided to use it as…

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Productivity Towards Purpose

To be truly productive, you must be selective. Which tasks are most important on your list? Reasons may vary, but focus on the task that accomplishes the most towards your goals. If several tasks are equally important, tackle the hardest one first and don’t move on until it is done. Despite how daunting it may…

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Building Engagement vs. Relationship

Children engaged in painting with their art teacher.

Is there a difference between building engagement and building relationships? One leads to the other and there is a distinct difference, particularly in philanthropy. While simple engagement may be enough for your organization, it won’t necessarily lead to lasting relationships that help fund long term campaigns. Developing donors is often a relationship building activity, but…

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Do you take yourself too seriously?

Balloon Fiesta

In 2013 my New Year’s resolution was to learn to laugh at myself. Honestly, I took myself too seriously and needed to loosen up. I am incredibly reserved, timid, and socially awkward (no really, I am.) It took years of practice to become more assertive. I needed that skill as a leader. It also took…

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Reality Check: If you build it, who will come?

If you derive hope from the Field of Dreams story and  recite the ever popular “if you build it, he will come” quote as your reasoning for building without logical rationale, you may be in for a disappointment. In a tech savvy, well-connected city of potential app users, you would think that your awesome app…

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Getting Organized

The key to productivity is planning and focus; to do one successfully you must also do the other. I’d like to share a presentation I gave last week representing CauseLabs at the Tech4Good meetup in Denver, Colorado. Download the Presentation Slides: Getting Organized If tools were all we needed to be more productive, we’d be…

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